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Brigitte Bowers: Trying to understand a tragedy

I write nonfiction to make sense of things. I piece together this memory with that one, laying them out like a jigsaw puzzle until everything makes a whole, turns into something I can look at and say, “Oh, yes, of course. Now I see.” But sometimes, no matter how I lay out the pieces, I cannot make sense of the memories. Nothing fits together to make a coherent whole.


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Merced bookkeeper arrested in embezzlement case

Merced bookkeeper Kristina Van Winkle arrested on suspicion of embezzlement. Police say she took nearly $100,000 from Golden Valley Engineering. Investigators say she forged checks and used the company credit card for personal gain.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Sun-Star celebrates a special milestone

The Merced Sun-Star turned 90 on Friday. Although it traces its roots to 1869, the first issue of the modern day Sun-Star was printed on May 1, 1925, after the Merced Evening Sun merged with the Merced Morning Star. The union of these two papers not only reduced the number of newspapers in the city, but also ended a half-century old-rivalry among several papers.


Merced County job growth remains Valley’s leader

For three years, Merced County has led the San Joaquin Valley in employment growth. Consumers gained purchasing power during the year, as changes in wages outpaced inflation. Valley home values appreciated the most in Merced County at 21.3 percent in 2014.

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